OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Since girls just wanna have fun, Serenity by the Sea will host a full array of artful, whimsical and inspirational activities for Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend in Ocean Grove.

Take a look at what’s planned for the three-day event at the little shop of wonders, located at 53 Main Avenue.

On Friday, February 22, Trish Josephs will kick off the weekend with intuitive tarot card readings from noon to 4 p.m. These readings can show someone’s path of energy, provide insights for self-discovery and reveal a story to whatever might be relevant at the time, according to Josephs, who has been reading cards for more than 35 years.A 10-minute reading is $20, 15-minute reading is $30 and 30-minute reading is $60. Call 973-699-1760 to make an appointment.

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Professional crafter Deb Hathaway Hunter will get the creative juices flowing with two workshops that will be held throughout the weekend. Design your own sea glass votive candles on Friday, February 21 from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, February 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $11 per candle, using genuine New Jersey sea glass and shells, and no registration is required.

Hunter will also lead a workshop on creating greeting cards or framed art with mandalas — a circular geometric design representing the universe that is a spiritual symbol in many Asian cultures. Sessions will be held on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22, from 4 to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, February 23, from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $8 per drawing and no registration is required.

Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer will bring The Love and Kindness Initiative to Serenity by the Sea with a “bracelets from the heart” workshop on Friday, February 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, February 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday, February 23 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Through her initiative, Hirsch-Kramer is on a mission to demonstrate how people can make the world a a kinder and more loving place in their own way. Cost is $11 per bracelet and no registration is required.

On Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, February 23 from 2 to 5 p.m., NJ Hair Fairy Kate Bresso will be back by popular demand with her Luna Locks sparkling and iridescent hair strands. Cost is $25 to $50, depending on the number of strands. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 973-699-1760.

Angel card readings will be offered by Cyndi Skola on Saturday, February 22 from 1to 6 p.m. The certified master angel practitioner will help individuals connect with their angels directly so that they can receive comfort, guidance and inspiration. Cost is $22 for a 20-minute angel card reading. Call 973-699-1760 to make an appointment.

On Sunday, February 23, mixed media artist Carole Gernett of The Collagebox will lead a paw print suncatcher workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Each participant will create two suncatchers and can add an angel charm if the pet has moved across the “rainbow bridge.” Cost is $15 and no registration is required.

All events are part of Serenity by the Sean’s continuing “It’s All Within the Zen” series, which features a variety of artistic and holistic offerings. For more information on upcoming programs and workshops, visit its Facebook page.

For more information on Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend in Ocean Grove, to be held from Friday, February 21 through Sunday, February 23, click here.


A Little Shop of Wonders, Where Creativity Abounds … Every Day

Serenity by the Sea, it’s always about creating beautiful things and introducing specialty items that includes handcrafted and fair trade treasures, one-of-a-kind artwork, eco-friendly merchandise, and personal care items that relieve stress and promote relaxation, including CBD oils and creams.

What’s more, shop owner Sarah Taylor Izzo is known for her custom-designed lines of hotholders and other home textiles, tutus for children and pets, bracelets and affirmation art.

In fact, Izzo’s keen eye for items that are “deliciously delightful and zenful” makes a visit to Serenity by the Sea a different experience every time.

For example, she recently introduced an expansive line of her “Just Charming” line of DIY jewelry, which includes hundreds of different styles and shapes of charms that can be used to create keychains, necklaces and bracelets.

Serenity by the Sea also showcases featured vendors on a regular basis, including NJ Hair Fairy Kate Bresso who does her magic with Luna Locks sparkling hair extensions. Watch for details on her next visit.

To complement the shop’s ever-changing mix of merriment, there is a selection of blooms of the season beginning every weekend on Fresh Flower Friday.

Here is just a sampling of what you’ll find at this beautiful little gem at the Jersey Shore.

  • Unique Finds for Any Holiday or Special Occasion
  • Treasures from Around the World
  • Bamboo Fabric Clothing and Other Eco-Friendly Items
  • Custom-Designed Hotholders and Potholders
  • Bracelets, Beads, Baubles
  • Crystals, Charms and Trinkets
  • CBD Oils and Creams for Humans and Pets by Brady’s Botanicals
  • One-of-a-Kind Tutus for All Ages … and Dolls and Pets Too.
  • Gems from the Earth and Sea
  • Scented Soy Candles, Luxury Spa Items and Soaps
  • Yoga-Inspired Items
  • Handcrafted Home Décor and Wall Art
  • Hostess Gifts and Custom Gift Baskets

Serenity by the Sea at 53 Main Avenue is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to confirm hours, visit its Facebook page, or call 973-699-1760.


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